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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Bio Medical Campus
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you interested in commencing or further developing your tracheostomy and instrumental swallow assessment skills?

Are you looking for experience in a new clinical setting?

We encourage innovative thinking and contribution towards service development to ensure that we are evolving as a team to provide high quality speech and language therapy provision. You will have extensive opportunity to gain clinical skills with complex patients in particular tracheostomy, VFSS and FEES competencies.

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist cardio-thoracic medical, surgical and transplant centre providing care nationwide. You will be working with patient cohorts including cardiothoracic surgery, transplant, ECMO, respiratory and ventilatory failure

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a therapist who is either looking to commence or further develop their tracheostomy, videofluoroscopy (VFSS) and fibreoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) competencies, alongside managing their own patient caseload. Instrumental assessments are a key part of our care provision and are carried out on patients with a variety of complex needs. You will be working within a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team who strive for excellence and innovation, with the patient at the forefront of everything that we do.

About us

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, delivering care to more than 50,000 patients a year in its new state-of-the-art hospital in Cambridge. We perform the most heart and/or lung transplants in the UK and carried out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979. It also offers emergency heart attack treatment, sleep centre care and is one of just five centres nationally for those in severe respiratory failure.

Based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus the largest centre of medical research and health science in Europe the Trust is at the heart of treatments of the future. Royal Papworth became the first hospital trust in the country to be rated outstanding in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission - a rating it still holds today. The Trust holds its values of compassion, excellence & collaboration at its core, and all colleagues joining the team are expected to uphold these in their day-to-day roles & interactions. Royal Papworth is proud of its diverse workforce and encourages people to embrace their individuality.

The Trust values difference and welcomes all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sex and sexual orientation. Providing they meet the minimum post criteria, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

On this page you will find a Role Profile which provides information about the hospital and full details about the role. We recommend that you review this and refer to it as you complete your application. Please include how you will meet the Trust Values Compassion, Excellence and Collaboration. If you would like more information about the role or working at Royal Papworth Hospital, please get in touch with the contact for this role.

Person Specification



  • Degree Speech and Language Therapy
  • Current State Registration with HCPC



  • Good presentation skills in both verbal and written form.
  • Good organisational skills including prioritisation.
  • Ability to analyse issues and problem solve.
  • Ability to negotiate with and influence people.
  • Highly developed hearing, concentration and perceptual skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to liaise with professionals at all levels eg discuss complex patient cases
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Current acute experience with an adult caseload relevant to the post.
  • Management of a complex dysphagia caseload.
  • Knowledge of relevant swallowing and communication assessment tools and therapy approaches
  • Knowledge of professional standards including record keeping.
  • An understanding of the roles of other professionals in acute, rehabilitation and community settings.
  • Knowledge of research and audit systems.


  • Knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to adults.
  • An understanding of the principles of clinical governance.
  • Trained as a competent FEES Endoscopist
  • Videofluoroscopy competencies completed
  • Tracheostomy competencies completed

Additional Criteria


  • Please provide evidence of your commitment to uphold the Trust's values: Compassion, Excellence, Collaboration

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Papworth Hospital

Papworth Road

Cambridge Bio Medical Campus



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